Winner: Deloitte & Touche Fast
50 Awards 2003
Fastest Growing Technology Company
the UK’s fastest growing professional services
firm, has unveiled its sixth annual ranking of the
Midlands’ fastest growing technology companies.
Warwick based laptop manufacturer, Rock Group Plc,
has been placed 21st in the regions rankings after
recording an impressive 80% growth in turnover between
2000 to 2002.
Founded in June 1992, notebook manufacturer Rock Group
Plc is the largest and most respected specialist manufacturer
of leading edge mobile notebook technology in the UK.
At its manufacturing facility in Warwick, Rock Group
Plc design, manufacture and support a complete range
of inspiring notebook computers to Consumers, Businesses
and Education Establishments.
The results of this year’s search for the Midlands’ fastest
growing technology companies were announced at an awards
dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham,
on 30 October 2022 where Rock Group's Chairman, Mike
Davies and Technical Director, Neil Chauhan collected
the award on behalf of the Rock Group Team.
On the same evening, during a ceremony held in London,
Rock Group Plc's Managing Director, Nick Boardman attended
a ceremony where he collected the award for "Best
Service and Support" in the What Laptop and Handheld
PC Portable Computing Awards 2003.
"It really is a great honour to be recognised
for two such prestigious awards" said Nick Boardman,
Managing Director of Rock Group Plc. "Our staff
have worked really hard to help make Rock Group the
business it is today and these awards recognise the
skills, enthusiasm and dedication that everyone associated
with a Fast Track company puts in".
Deloitte created the Technology Fast 50 to reach
out to UK technology companies and champion innovation
in the sector. The programme tracks the growth rates
of technology companies in seven regions in the UK
and Ireland, culminating in a national ranking in
December 2003. This year’s event is sponsored
locally by UK law firm, Pinsents, and nationally
by Hewlett-Packard, the global provider of technology
products and services; SCC, part of Europe’s
largest privately-owned technology group; and the
London Stock Exchange.
The Technology Fast 50 programme seeks out those companies
that have shown impressive growth rates in the telecommunications,
hardware, software and biotechnology markets over a
three-year period. This year’s programme considered
growth between 2000 and 2002. All companies considered
for the award must be headquartered in the Midlands
region, must be technology-intensive or use unique
technology in problem solving, or must devote a high
percentage of effort to research and development.
Chris Robertson, Technology, Media and Telecoms partner
for Deloitte in the Midlands, said: “The Fast
50 programme has always been a reliable indicator
of whether British innovation is leading to more
growth and wealth creation. These companies have
demonstrated how to survive and thrive in today’s
market by helping their customers reduce their costs
and improve their performance. We are delighted that
our sponsors have joined us in encouraging fast-growing
companies to showcase their businesses and to contribute
to the next wave of innovation in the UK’s
Andrew Hornigold, Corporate Partner at Pinsents and
Head of the firm’s Technology Chosen Market,
said: “We would like to congratulate this year’s
winners and applaud their achievements. Despite challenging
trading conditions over the last 12 months they have
shown tremendous revenue growth and performance.
Their remarkable tenacity, innovation and dedication
is an inspiration to all and proves that Midlands
companies continue to offer cutting-edge solutions
to their clients world-wide.”
About the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Programme
The programme consists of a series of regional programmes
covering the East, London & South East, Midlands,
South West & South Wales, the North and Scotland
and Ireland. Each region will host an awards ceremony
to honour the 50 fastest growing technology companies
in their areas in October and November. Following the
regional programmes, Deloitte will publish a national
ranking of the UK’s Technology Fast 50 companies.
Eligibility criteria for the Technology Fast 50:
- In business for a minimum of 3 years
- Considered a technology company defined as:
- producing technology
- manufacturing technology-related products
- technologically intensive or uses unique
technology in problem-solving
- devoting a high percentage of effort to research
and development of technology
- Parent company must be UK owned and headquartered
in a participating region (subsidiaries do not
- Turnover must be over Euro 50,000 in 2000
The Technology Fast 50 programme was originally
started in San Jose, the centre of Silicon Valley,
in 1995 and has expanded across the globe in the
last six years. Both the regional Technology Fast
50 and the national Technology Fast 500 were created
to recognise the outstanding contribution of fast
growing technology companies to the US economy.
For further information, visit http://www.fast50.co.uk
Deloitte & Touche LLP
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to Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Deloitte & Touche LLP is the UK's fastest growing
major professional services firm based in 21 UK locations,
with over 10,000 staff nationwide and fee income of £1,228
million in 2002/2003. It is a member firm of Deloitte
Touche Tohmatsu, a leading professional services organisation,
delivering world class audit, tax, consulting and corporate
finance services, with around 120,000 people in over
140 countries. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is a Swiss
Verein, and each of its national practices is a separate
and independent legal entity.
Deloitte & Touche LLP is authorised and regulated
by the Financial Services Authority.
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correct at the time of going to press.
For further information, visit www.deloitte.co.uk
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